Bureau of Land Management accepts power line for potential solar farm on land in Emery County

The line will carry electricity from a planned solar farm, crossing 1.5 miles of BLM land.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Employees of the Creative Energies solar facility install photovoltaic panels on the roof of the Boys and Girls Club in Salt Lake City, March 5, 2020. The Bureau of Land Management announced the construction of a Hornshadow Line solar power collector on Dec. 7, which will carry electricity to a planned photovoltaic facility in Emery County.

The Bureau of Land Management has signed an agreement for a solar power collection line to cross BLM lands in Emery County.

The initiative is part of the Biden-Harris administration’s efforts to deploy renewable energy on public lands to “create well-paying jobs and achieve 100% carbon pollution-free electricity by 2035,” according to a press release. The project could supply electricity to 70,000 homes when built.

The solar power collector will consist of circuitry to transport power produced from the planned Hornshadow photovoltaic facility, a large-scale solar farm that will be connected to the utility grid, according to the BLM. Project documents indicate that Hornshadow is a subsidiary of Enyo Renewable Energy LLCa Utah-based solar and wind company.

“BLM manages large tracts of public land that have the potential to make significant contributions to the nation’s renewable energy portfolio,” BLM Utah State Manager Greg Sheehan said in the communicated. “We are proud to support clean energy development and recognize BLM Utah’s potential to contribute to the administration’s goals.”

A BLM spokesperson said the power-gathering line will cross approximately 1.5 miles of BLM land and the photovoltaic facility will be located on private and Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration lands ( SITLA). The line will take around 18 days to build.

According to project documents, the majority of the collector line will be located along portions of existing roads and other power line rights-of-way, minimizing environmental impact.